Todd Terje Essential Mix: The Limitless Disco Review Edition #1
For any musician in the electronic circuit, regardless of class or rank, it is an honor to be invited to BBC Radio One Essential Mix. Just this past week, Todd Terje hit the decks for his edition of the exclusive two hour mix. Pete Tong and his show always seem to bring out the best in artists’ abilities, and this installment is no exception. Over the last few months we’ve noticed a high demand for good disco. We join fans with the artists that have something of value to bring to the table, and you’ll find a lot of disco on this website. Just in case our fellow fans of the groove have forgotten, we’re going to do something extra for the disco fans. Tits and Acid Reviews would like to present to you the first entry in our Limitless Disco Review Series.
Todd Terje reigns from Norway, along with fellow disconquistadors Lindstrom and Prinz Thomas. Since he grew up land-locked in a small village where access to new music was scarce, influences weren’t really part of his initial evolution as an artist. Early in his adolescence he started making jungle and house music with a basic PC, until experimenting with disco at the turn of the millennium. From there on out he would embark down a path that he would never quite stray from, breaking boundaries and pushing the envelope with each step. His niche in disco laced house and ear for creative mixing has earned him the attention of Prinz Thomas who has continually worked with Terje since 2001. Over the years he has carved a permanent place into the history of the Norwegian electronic music culture.
Terje might as well be signed to DFA with a tasty vintage mix like this one. Bereft of anything tied to modern chart hits, this extremely diverse collection features classics like Jim Morrison, Paul Mauriat, Herb Alpert, Tanner Ross, and Steve Miller Band being worked into a very unique environment(sorry we’re going light on the spoilers). After a delicate introduction and a mix of smooth soul and gritty space, things start to get heated up around a half hour in. His edit of Traks- “Wild Safari” is worked into the mix perfectly, and will without a doubt throw you into a dancing frenzy. Followed by that is the Chuck Norris dub of Men At Work- “Land Down Under”, which let’s face it, is timeless and just plain awesome. Now he has your attention, and just in time for him to really unleash the funk. What ensues is a mammoth stretch of vintage glamour beats executed by a true professional.
There is production, there is the eternal live aspect, and there is the concept of an authentic DJ. Todd Terje has nothing to prove in regards to the first two contexts of musicianship. The recently released collaboration with Lindstrom, titled “Lanzarote”, will echo through the airwaves for eternity. His piano soaked original “Strandbar” , released in three different versions, has been recycled by artists like Drop Out Orchestra, The Beat Broker, and The Magician. His releases on the Soul Jazz, Full Pupp, and Olsen Record Labels are solid additions to his resume as well. When it comes to his skills as a real DJ though, he has simply swept us away with this Essential Mix. The man is a storyteller. Whether you’re an aficionado, or simply throwing this on to fill up the silent air, the mixing is noticeably immaculate. The transitions flow without any friction, carrying each song into the next as if part of an oceanic current. There are certain formulas you can pick up on in a lot of DJ mixes, though it is clear that Terje doesn’t. The arrangement is certified genius.
Over the last few months people’s flare for the modern disco seems to be fading. Now don’t get us wrong, trend is never our focus, and to each their own, but we figure it’s our responsibility to make sure the general public has access to real musicians. What the basic listener’s demographic doesn’t realize is that this extremely vague genre has been experimented with for over 4 decades. This narrow view makes sense in the grand scheme of the revival of the EDM craze, since most of these fans are looking through the scope of one decade. The lens on that scope needs some adjusting however. Disco is indeed a set genre, but it can reach any mood, whether it be solemn or invigorating. It can breach any atmosphere, and fused with any style to reach all regions of the mind, body, and soul. If you stick to the charts and go to the same watering hole every time, you’re going to get bored. Think of it as the car you drive everyday. You might be in the same car, but the destination could be different every time. This is now the DJ’s responsibility to bring you new and old music that you wouldn’t of heard otherwise. If a DJ hops on the decks and spins nothing but the hits you hear in every other mix, then what motivation is there to dig deeper?
We’re aware of the on going dilemma, but that’s why we are here folks. Todd Terje is a great start to broadening your horizons, even if you’re familiar, this mix will open some doors. The disco scene in Oslo, Norway is smaller than some, but the members of that community are heavy hitters indeed. What the genre and fans need is imagination, and that our funky readers, is abundant if guided in the right direction. So along with the plethora of various artists that we feature on here, T&A will bring you a special look at some of the Disco oriented musicians worth a first, or even 2nd viewing to fuel the fire. Keep an eye out for The Limitless Disco Reviews here on T&A.
Posted on July 31, 2013, in Mixes/Tracks, Releases, Spotlight and tagged disco, essential mix, house, lanzarote, lindstrom, oslo, prinz thomas, resident advisor, soul jazz records, soundcloud, todd terje. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.